Hot off the press! Our team was pleased to read the “100 Top Value Wines of the Year” cover story in the June issue of Wine & Spirits this week. We were thrilled to see several of the smaller wineries and grower wines that we proudly offer at Michael’s Wine Cellar showcased. Amongst the best value wines compiled were these white wines, perfect for summer sipping!
Roederer Estate Sparkling
, from California’s Anderson Valley builds upon a 200-year tradition of fine winemaking that has made Roederer Champagne among the most sought-after wines in the world. The Roederer Estate Brut is crisp and elegant with complex pear, spice and hazelnut flavors. It is fresh and lightly fruity with great finesse and depth of flavor.
A to Z Pinot Gris
is a superstar white which is truly a delight. Pinto Gris thrives in Oregon, and A to Z shows how great this grape can be! The 2013 A to Z Pinot Gris has lifted aromas of honeysuckle, lemon zest, nutmeg and wet stone developing into richer aromas of lychee, beeswax and melon that add complexity to the nose. The attack is juicy and pure with bright citrus fruit flavors and mineral notes. Taut structure and a tight wire balance between ripeness and acidity frame a seamless mid-palate and lead to a long finish that ultimately ends crisp and clean with flavors of wet stone and jasmine green tea.
A to Z Chardonnay
presents a crisp style this is rich yet light. This is the type of Chardonnay you’ll enjoy drinking everyday. Apparent immediately are aromas like kiwi, tangerine, white peach and quince are followed by deeper, richer aromas like honey, beeswax and melon. On the palate, the wine is equally complex and inviting. A juicy attack with great minerality leads to flavors that mirror the aromatics while yet more layers, like pear and toasted coconut, arise on the mid-palate. The concentration is balanced by firm acidity that gives the wine vitality and persistence with a long lingering note of clean wet stones.
Tortoise Creek Viognier
from France’s Languedoc region is a perfect choice for a Memorial Day picnic. So often Viognier is over oaked and loses it wonderful delicate charm. The Tortoise Creek Viognier “Le Verger” is completely unoaked and therefore bright with lovely aromas of peaches, pears and honeysuckle that lead to a palate that is fresh and crisp but packed with fruit. Wonderful as an aperitif or with any fish or pasta dishes and excellent with a great chicken dish.
“Le Verger” refers to the beautiful apricot orchard that is close to the vineyards that produce our Viognier.
, from our good friend and importer Bobby Kacher of Robert Kacher Selections. Floral, elegant, it displays citrus flavors with a touch of exotic fruit, light acidity and is dry on the finish. Enjoy it poolside or as an aperitif. (This wine is a favorite of our Open House events.)
Since 1912 Château du Tariquet has been home to the Grassa family. They first gained notoriety for Hélène and Pierre Grassa’s Armagnac, which is still produced today. In the 1980’s their children, Maïté and Yves, broke all the rules by producing their first still wines, a blend of Ugni Blanc and Colombard. A few years later, they heavily planted and created untraditional blends such as Sauvignon-Chardonnay and Chenin-Chardonnay and word of mouth is how the Tariquet taste and fashion was born!
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